Discover Amsterdam: Tips to Travel Europe Part 6

So we picked a bad day to visit Amsterdam for one reason: the marathon. We spent over an hour trying to get to our parking spot, but it simply could not be done. So we finally gave up and picked a random spot to park, which is how we learned that parking is free on Sundays. We walked around aimlessly until we found a jam-packed brunch spot. (This is my husband #2 trick to find a great restaurant while traveling: Look for a crowd. His #1 is checking Trip Advisor.) My trick for finding the best food? Ask the waitress. This is what she gave me. I've now discovered the were a type of Dutch doughnut called an Oliebollen, topped [...]

By | 2017-01-10T08:46:41+00:00 January 10th, 2017|Travel|1 Comment

Adventures & Victories: Week 2

My time in Europe is drawing to a close. I've loved being here so when I think about it too much, I start to get a little melancholy. So instead, I've chosen to think about all the adventures & victories I'm looking forward to at home: home-cooked meals, laundry in my own house, and no longer living out of a suitcase. Even more than that, I can't wait to see my family, friends, and of course my little pug, Pascal. God has blessed me with a great life, and I get to go back to it. There's nothing sad about that! Adventure: I got to go to Neuschwanstein Castle, otherwise known as Cinderella's castle. It was set against the background of snowy [...]

By | 2016-11-18T07:05:10+00:00 November 18th, 2016|Books, Everyday Adventures, My Journey|2 Comments

Discover Munich: 3 Days in Bavaria

Welcome to the first of a five-part series on our 12-day trek through Germany and Italy. And I do mean trek, my husband, Alan, somehow convince me to backpack. Backpack! What was I thinking?! Anyway, we had a fabulous time and I'm so excited to share my adventure with you, starting with Munich! Saturday We traveled from Frankfurt to Munich on a train. It took about 3 hours. Alan slept and I read... surprise, surprise! When we got there and checked in, we were instructed to a lovely little Bavarian cafe near the U station. I got an amazing noodle, egg and ham dish that had fresh parsley and a lot of fine pepper. It was delicious! After, we wandered [...]

By | 2016-10-20T09:26:17+00:00 October 20th, 2016|Travel|8 Comments

How To Do A Lot With A Little Money

The day after my husband and I got married we moved to Mexico. My husband is from Mexico and was recalled there for work. I was only there on a visitor's visa, so I couldn't work and didn't know enough Spanish to have gotten a job even if I could. So for most of the first year we lived on one salary, and though it was a great salary by Mexico's standards, it was only about $1,400 a month. Even with our little salary, we had big dreams, so we quickly had to learn how to do a lot with a little money. And yet, it in that first year we were able to buy and spoil a puppy and [...]

By | 2015-10-19T23:17:24+00:00 October 20th, 2015|Encouragement, Goals, Travel|25 Comments